Northern Tier plans Minnesota refinery work for April, October

14 March 2013 21:26  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Independent downstream company Northern Tier Energy plans to perform maintenance on its St Paul refinery in Minnesota in April and October, a company executive said on Thursday.

The April project will shut the 74,000 bbl/day refinery for about 25 days and will include a 10% expansion of its crude distillation unit in order to process more Bakken crude oil, Northern Tier’s CEO, Hank Kuchta, said during the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call.

“We will fulfil all of our supply commitments, some of which will be supplied by drawing on inventory build during the first quarter,” he said.  

The schedule also includes a partial plant turnaround in October that will focus on the refinery's fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCC) and will last for the majority of the month.

The St Paul refinery is one of only two in Minnesota and one of four in the Upper Great Plains region.

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By: Anna Matherne

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